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A sudden bird cacophony

A sudden bird cacophony
Came to me like a symphony:
They each played their part; majors and minors,
Piping their art; well skilled and first timers.
And none were afraid, of the part which they played
As some flew around, and some sat in the shade
Of the trees in the glen, where they sang to the men
Of how time makes away, with the best of our days
And how bird song outlasts both our future and past.
Patti Masterman



And his poems have other poems

And his poems have other poems
Hidden, camouflaged inside them, as through the holocaust
Men hid within other men's homes, and workplaces,
And women within other women's closets, and dressing rooms
As a woman would hide her babe
First within her womb, and then inside her very heart
So his heart-poems reside and procreate in darkness, in hiding,
Spin their souls together to weave the spiders tale, and into
The famished strings of singing wormholes, which orbit
The always living, and the once-quickened dead;
From whence one day the spirit shall stride out; spin out
At his soft call, to take the percolating universe
By latent storm of surprise, and do a souls-token worth of battle
Only in silken strings of love's long-suffering silence.
Patti Masterman



Angel Angel

Angel angel, tell me true-
Is his heart as big and true
As his eyes make me believe?
Angel, angel, tell me please.

Angel, secret friends are rare;
Such kindly faces, liars wear-
But he's a different kind, I think-
Would he stay, if I should blink?

Angel angel, nights are long;
All for him, I'd write my songs;
Angel, whisper in his ear-
Tell him: 'Joy- when you are near.'
Patti Masterman



His hope is treacherous only whose love dies

Beware; I'll break your heart, she said
If you ever turn aside
Or break your ways from mine.

He gave his word and hand,
He took her to the steeple;
A simple golden band

Was all that bound his world with hers.
They lived as man and wife,
Their inner world unquiet.

The love a lie, for she craved gold,
A status-seeker to the end-
Her heart stayed cold.

He left her for a warmer one,
Whose eyes held truth for all her days;
Not cold, this one more like the sun.

Beside an angry sea,
In rage, she met the softer one
And told, his love's for me.

She threw the ring out over the waves,
She cursed the promise he had made
And then she seized the other's hand-

I promised then, to break his heart
She said, and dragged her over the cliff
Below, where the waters broke apart.

On rocks they found them, side by side
On one's face tears; the other's dried-
For one still lived, while one had died.

Who lived or died, nobody knows,
He took them both back home with him
And he was never seen again.

They say if you pass by at night,
You'll hear a strange laugh, then a cry;
For one was darkness, one was light.

For life is death, without our love,
And death is long, though ill or well-
But peace is granted seldom, there.

* * *

Title taken from quote by
Michelangelo Buonarroti

'His hope is treacherous only whose love dies
With beauty, which is varying every hour;
But, in chaste hearts uninfluenced by the power
Of outward change, there blooms a deathless flower,
That breathes on earth the air of paradise.'
Patti Masterman
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